Tuesday 24 April 2018

Robert Mugabe sacked as Zimbabwe leader

Zimbabwe's longtime leader Robert Mugabe (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)
Zimbabwe's longtime leader Robert Mugabe (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)
A youth washes a minibus adorned with picture of President Robert Mugabe at a bus terminus in Harare. Photo: Reuters

Zimbabwe's ruling party Zanu-PF has sacked Robert Mugabe as its leader.

The longtime leader was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy he sacked this month, sources at a special ZANU-PF meeting to decide Mugabe’s fate told Reuters.

“He has been expelled,” one of delegates told Reuters. “Mnangagwa is our new leader.” Three other delegates confirmed Mugabe’s dismissal.

On Saturday, most of Harare's population of 1.6 million poured into the streets in an anti-Mugabe demonstration that just days ago would have brought a police crackdown.

A youth washes a minibus adorned with picture of President Robert Mugabe at a bus terminus in Harare. Photo: Reuters
A youth washes a minibus adorned with picture of President Robert Mugabe at a bus terminus in Harare. Photo: Reuters

They clambered on to tanks moving slowly through the crowds, took selfies with soldiers and surged in the thousands toward the State House building where Mugabe held official functions, a symbol of the rule of the man who took power after independence from white minority rule in 1980.

The euphoria came after years of watching the once-prosperous African nation fall into decay, with a collapsing economy, repression of free speech, disputed elections and international sanctions.

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